Friday, May 28, 2004

I may have figured out my sidebar problem. I think the picture of Ed on his tractor was too wide and I'm too lazy to open Photoshop and edit it right now. Anyone taking a looksee at this page, please leave a comment and let me know if my sidebar is displaying properly.

I've changed the photo to a shot of my Great-Grandparents circa 1900. My Great-Grandfather was evidently hard on women, he was married three times and had three sets of children. His first two wives died young, but his third wife outlived him. My Great-Grandmother was his first wife. She is buried at Old Stone Church, which is one of the oldest churches in the county. Some of her family were among the founders of the church. In looking for a picture of it to link to I discovered something that I hadn't heard before, the famous gospel hymn Leaning on the everlasting arms was performed there for the very first time. This would have been sometime in the late 1880's, judging from the 1887 copyright on the song.

The church is has an interesting Civil War history, it was used as a hospital at various times and there are still places in the floor where you can see where the blood soaked into the wood. Some of the pews in the church date back to this time and are covered in bite marks. I am told the yankees dragged them outside and used them as feed troughs for their horses. Probably by Eli Lily's men or by Wilder's Brigade, both of whom were in the immediate vicinity on more than one occasion.